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Michigan State University
Stadium Case Study

The Client

Michigan State University on the behalf of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, & Huber

 

The Project

American Village Builders needed to separate, demolish and remove five existing concrete decks and balconies from a building at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The location of the deck and balconies — within a limited-access, enclosed courtyard — created accessibility and potential safety problems. Each of the decks, measuring 16 x 8 feet, had to be demolished without damaging the building to which they were attached. The top deck stood on a fifth floor, with subsequent decks on lower floors. The balcony structure was supported by two, 16 inch concrete columns, each measuring 57 feet high. 

 

The Plan

Diamond Subsurface Imaging developed a plan to survey of subsurface ground by using Ground Penetrating Radar — GPR SIR 20 systems, with Radan software and onsite 3D capabilities.

 

The Process

Over a 5 day period over 7000 linear feet of Subsurface imaging was performed by a Diamond GPR technician. Using a 400 mHz antenna and radio frequency locating equipment Diamond Located and verified the depth all utilities in the scanned area.

 

The Outcome

By locating and verifying the depth of all utilities Diamond was able to deliver to FTC&H engineers
integrated mapping of all findings. According to John Lefevre, FTC&H project manager; “This is one of
many projects for which we’ve used Diamond Subsurface Imaging, as always they provided the high level results that we’ve come to expect from them.”

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